Animals...our natural early detection warning systems
Just wondering what peoples thoughts were regarding animals being able to sense natural disaster and other forms of danger before we do....and how
they do so.
Regarding the natural disaster part. There still (to my knowledge) has not been verifiable proof that such things occur...even though there is plenty
of documented evidence that it happens, which usually comes to us in the form of videos and personal eye witness stories after the fact. Scientists
still haven't solved or come to a conclusive answer as to why animals seem to have their own early warning detection mechanism built into to
them...and we humans do not.
They have researched it, as best they can, in labs and out in the field. Studying different animal behaviors before a natural disaster takes place.
Taking the time to analyze video captured as well as perform their own studies with regards to a specific area of possibility or solutions to the
phenomenon. But I would imagine it to be very difficult unless the scientists, themselves, had the ability to know a natural disaster was going to
occur and could monitor the behavioral patterns of the animals beforehand.
How and what animals use to sense the approaching disaster is still up for debate. Using a sixth sense, detecting a change in the electromagnetic
field, using superior, enhanced regular senses (touch, taste, sound). Scientists have not found a universal, logical, scientific solution for it.
Now a days we depend on seismic detection devices and earthquake warning systems to help us become aware of such an event as early as possible. But,
there was at least one time in history where officials used the early detection/reaction of animals in a natural disaster. Evacuating the populace
early, saving the lives of thousands that may have perished had their leaders not did so:
The 1975 Haicheng earthquake hit Haicheng, Liaoning in China at 19:36 CST on February 4. The earthquake registered at 7.3 on the Richter Scale,
which is associated with total destruction of infrastructure and property. Haicheng had approximately 1 million residents at the time of the
earthquake, which is known for being one of the few earthquakes to be successfully predicted throughout history.
Early in the morning of February 4, 1975, Chinese officials ordered that the city of Haicheng be evacuated, believing there to be a large chance of an
earthquake occurring. The prediction was allegedly based on reports of changes in groundwater and soil elevations over the past several months as well
as widespread accounts of unusual animal behavior. A low-level alert was triggered by regional increases in seismicity (later recognized as
The behavior is not new or unusual. There have been many accounts of animals behaving oddly before a quake or tsunami. The earliest known record of
animal behavioral changes due to natural disasters can be found in 373BC in the city of Helike, recounted by a Roman writer named Aelian :
For five days before Helike disappeared, all the mice and martens and snakes and centipedes and beetles and every other creature of that kind in
the city left in a body by the road that leads to Keryneia. And the people of Helike seeing this happening were filled with amazement, but were unable
to guess the reason. But after these creatures had departed, an earthquake occurred in the night; the city subsided; an immense wave flooded and
Helike disappeared, while ten Spartan vessels which happened to be at anchor were lost together with the city.
A sign of an impending earth quake is earth worms leaving the soil and traveling upon the surface of the Earth instead of underneath it. Apparently
this behavior has been noted and has become sort of a legend or lore in parts some of the world. As recently as the last tsunami, oar fish have been
found washed ashore on the beaches prior to a Tsunami taking place. There is a legend around these fish, in Japanese folklore, the oar fish is known
as the Messenger from the Sea God’s Palace and appears on beaches to predict a tsunami. I have been unable to confirm the legend, there is mention
of a messenger and a dragon palace in several places within the pdf that I looked at, but nothing connecting that messenger to an oar
fish.Guide to Japanese folklore
But what about the animals who sense things weeks
prior to an event? This is where the thoughts of electromagnetic fluctuation and an animals
ability to sense the changes in the electromagnetic field of the Earth becomes a possibility... at least for me.
Maybe it's the combination of all this above. Because the ability to sense danger by an animal is not limited to the prediction of earth quakes. It
also could be the sense used to detect spirits or other worldly threats. To focus only the natural disaster side of the ability would be a travesty
and insult to our animal friends.
Not wanting to touch too deeply into this aspect of what is normally called an animals "sixth sense", but I did want to address and acknowledge it.
And, I do believe that it is worth some consideration when we are postulating the reasons for unusual animal behavior. For me, all venues must be
taken into consideration, especially when it is plausible that they are using the same senses to predict both. While I understand nothing but the
natural disaster part can truly be measured and observed (and even that is difficult), I have to wonder how that other area/side of the instinctual
detection of a unknown/unseen presence works into the equation.
I know that personally, I have heard some accounts of animals waking up their owners when a tornado or fire or some other imminent danger is a threat
to them and their human companion. And, of course the unusual behaviors of an animal when they sense an "other worldly" presence within a room.
Stories of animals sensing
Unfortunately, all this is only circumstantial evidence and a whole lot of conjecture, but that's really all we have to review. Even when one
scientist took it upon himself to test the electromagnetic interference theory, there was no way to say for sure that the animals were responding to
the actual fluctuation in the electromagnetic field or something else such as as the noises that the machine made.
Anyhow, anyone want to offer up their own experiences with their animals, some personal accounts, or some experiences relayed to them by family and
friends I would be interested in hearing about them.
As always, thanks for reading,
Disaster sensing animals
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edit on 15-2-2017 by blend57 because: changed wording to so whole post would fit...